BobTheGardener


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Help needed re my French Beans

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:55

Did you harden them off, Mark?  If you didn't, they will sulk for a bit but should soon pick up.

green eggs

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:51

Slow release fertiliser mate - easy to confuse them for eggs though!

suckers on tomatoes produced flowers should I cut them off??

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:30

That's what I'd do too.  Most toms can be grown as a bush, but that sometimes means the fruit can all come together and rather late, so they don't have time to ripen if we have a bad summer.  Fingers crossed!

suckers on tomatoes produced flowers should I cut them off??

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:14

They are generally grown as cordon (ie no side shoots) but the heirloom variety is semi-determinate so can be grown either way.  To confuse us further, there is also a bush version!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 01:39

The larvae have already hatched and are munching away at your lilies right now!

The gunge is actually their poo which they cover themselves with after digesting the lily leaves they are eating (I know, disgusting little devils aren't they?!)  If left, they can completely strip all the leaves in just a few days.

If you don't mind using chemicals, you could spray them all with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, which is a systemic insecticide which will be absorbed into the lily plants and will kill them in short order.  Unfortunately, it is toxic to all insects including bees, so if you have to resort to using it, make sure to read the instructions on the spray carefully and try to ensure it only goes on your lilies (bees aren't that keen on lily flowers anyway, so the risk of harming them is relatively low.)

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:08

Pauline, underneath every pile of gunge is a lily beetle larva - that is how they protect themselves.  The larvae actually cause far more damage than the adult beetles so you need to remove and squish them.  Ether use gloves or wipe them off with tissue paper etc.  Now you know you have Lily Beetle in your area, keep a sharp eye out for them early next year, from the time the lilies start growing.  If you can catch the adults before they mate and lay eggs (which are also bright red), you can limit the damage by the larvae when they hatch.

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 19:18

Hi the_shedman, woodlice only go into strawberries when they have already been damaged - they don't have jaws strong enough to pierce the skin and normally only feed on rotting vegetation in the leaf-litter.  Something else is munching on them, the most likely being slugs/snails or blackbirds and then the woodlice are taking advantage.

tomatoes

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 15:39

Hi David, this is normal when the temperature varies a lot between day and night.  If the leaves look healthy, it's nothing to worry about.

Diseased Plant

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 00:27

Looks like 'shot hole' which can be caused by either a fungus or a bacteria.  It is not serious for the health of the plant and is due to the weather - damp conditions.  The laurel should get over it as conditions improve, but as it is looking very sorry for itself, spraying with a general fungicide might be a good idea.  The RHS advice is here:

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=568

 

Lovely surprise

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 22:39

Hi all,

I forgot to pick some strawberries this evening, so had to nip out at 10pm.

While hunting for ripe ones in what was left of the light, I came across someone else having a snack:


There used to be hedgehogs in my garden but I've not heard them snuffling or seen one for about 3 years, so it's great that they're back!

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